Custom Active Physical Science Curriculum
Create a customized Active Physical Science course with units from our popular Active Chemistry, Active Physics, and EarthComm programs to support the full scope of physical science content standards for high school.
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Materials & Supplies
Students conduct investigations and engage in the Engineering Design Cycle as they iteratively work towards completing the Chapter Challenge.
Students Learn Like Scientists and Engineers
Students develop important
21st-Century skills as they work collaboratively in groups and engage in scientific discourse.
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Active Physical Science Curriculum Details
Active Physical Science is based on the research on how students learn, encapsulated in the 7E Instructional Model (Elicit, Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Extend, Evaluate).
As a result, Active Physical Science provides ALL students with a deep and memorable learning experience.
Interesting and meaningful Chapter Challenges motivate students to learn and remember the science content.
Science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas are seamlessly integrated throughout the Active Physical Science curriculum.
Download the Active Physical Science program brochure to view the detailed NGSS alignment.
Active Physical Science Research-Based Design
Active Physical Science is research-based.
Active Physical Science was supported through National Science Foundation funding and consequently produced through rigorous, iterative, research-based development cycles. It is based on the latest research from the cognitive sciences on how students learn.
Active Physical Science students develop communication and collaboration skills.
Students develop a community of practice and a culture of collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication.
The presentations of the Chapter Challenges provide students with opportunities to engage in scientific arguments using evidence and science knowledge and promote a deeper understanding through public practice.
Active Physical Science fits your standards.
The program reflects the full scope of physical science content standards for high school—those identified as the Disciplinary Core Ideas in A Framework for K-12 Science Education and those of individual states and districts.
Chapter Challenge: Students demonstrate their knowledge of the physics of driving by making a presentation to a board of driving instructors.
Through a series of activities, students learn about average and instantaneous speed and then connect information about reaction time, speed, and velocity to tailgating. They explore acceleration, positive and negative, in the context of the time required to bring a vehicle to a stop and decision-making at a yellow light.
They also learn about centripetal force and acceleration and relate it to driving on curves.
The Activate Learning Digital Platform (ALDP) hosts the interactive digital edition of the Active Physical Science teacher and student curriculum materials.
Featuring an intuitive user experience, teachers have everything they need to Plan, Teach, Assign, and Assess lessons in a platform that is integrated with leading SIS rostering and Learning Management Systems such as Google Classroom, Schoology, and Canvas.
About The Author
Dr. Arthur Eisenkraft has taught high school physics for over 28 years. He is currently the Distinguished Professor of Science Education, Professor of Physics and Founding Director of the Center of Science and Math in Context (COSMIC) at the University of Massachusetts Boston.